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Chapter 3 - An honest review of owning a Skoda Kodiaq with ADAS features

Author: Steph Garner

I thought I would give it some time before reviewing my new car so I could fully understand the technology that I didn’t have on my Nissan.

If you are new to this story, please take time to read through my first two stories detailing when I was in the market for a new car.

Chapter 1 - Buying a car is a nightmare
Chapter 2 - Manufacturers making consumer ADAS requests difficult

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Moshon Data boss calls on UK government to commit to best practice in vehicle and road safety

Published by Rhys Taylor-Brown

Having left the European Union, the UK no longer signs up automatically to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Regulations on vehicle safety. With the introduction of a new set of global safety regulations to come in July 2022, Steve Boyle the managing director of Moshon Data, joins a number of voices from industry urging government to commit to the new standards for a multitude of reasons.

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Latest Euro NCAP gradings show Nissan and Volkswagen are bringing high-performance Assisted Driving to the mainstream

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Latest Euro NCAP gradings show Nissan and Volkswagen are bringing high-performance Assisted Driving to the mainstream
  • Nissan Qashqai and VW ID.5 achieve ‘very good’ ratings in latest Euro NCAP Assisted Driving gradings
  • Polestar 2 upgrades its Pilot Assist system via an Over-the-Air update to improve its steering support, which takes its rating from ‘moderate’ to ‘good’
  • Entry’ rating for the Jaguar I-Pace which delivers the essentials for assisted driving but lacks more advanced features
  • Thatcham Research encourages drivers to reap safety and comfort benefits of ‘driver assist’ systems

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Mercedes-Benz to accept liability for accidents when Automated Driving System engaged

The Mercedes-Benz 'Drive Pilot' system will enable drivers to remove their hands from the wheel and let the car take control

Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will accept legal responsibility for collisions that occur in cars fitted with an ‘L3’ Automated Lane Keeping System, when directly caused by a fault with its technology but not when the driver has "failed to comply with their duty of care". 

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AEBS – critical life-saving equipment for HGVs

Advanced Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS) have been fitted as standard to most new HGVs sold in the UK since 2015. Drivers and operators of HGVs need to understand how it works, what it does and why it’s vital, according to Driving for Better Business, which has launched online guidance on the life-saving technology in collaboration with Thatcham Research.

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FIAT Ducato secures world-first Platinum Commercial Van Safety Rating, but crucial safety equipment still remains inadequate on LCVs

  • Overhauled FIAT Ducato’s test score improves by 60%, promoting it from Bronze to first Platinum-rated vehicle
  • Tests come as van sales continue to rise sharply with a 26% increase in LCVs compared to a 6% rise in new cars[1]
  • Per mile travelled, vans and LCVs are involved in more deaths of other road users than any other vehicle type[2]
  • Nissan’s Interstar (formerly the NV400) was the worst performer, receiving a Not Recommended rating

The world’s only Commercial Van Safety Rating programme, administered by vehicle safety experts at Euro NCAP and Thatcham Research, has awarded Fiat’s Ducato model a Platinum rating – marking the first time a manufacturer has ever received the highest accolade available.

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